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September 13, 2013

Guest Article by Larry Shelley

They walked with God—Enoch and Noah.  Nor was it the best of times.  Both lived in the time before the flood when, the Bible says, the thoughts and lives of men became horribly wicked.  Maybe we would excuse, or at least nod with understanding, if they had taken just a little liberty.  Environment can twist the best of intentions and make the living of the godly life, if not impossible, improbable.  But they did the improbable.

Enoch’s son, Methuselah, lived almost three times as long as his father did.  Of Methuselah, he who lived longer than any other, the Bible tells us he lived, and he died.  But of Enoch, he walked with God, and God spared him from experiencing death.  How did he so please God?  “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death.” (Heb. 11:5)  Without faith no one can please God.

Because Noah walked with God, you live today.  God had determined to erase all earthly life.  It had really come to that!  But then “Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” (Gen. 6:8)  Again, faith made the difference, and Noah heeded the directions of God to make that un-before-heard-of floating device to save a remnant of life. (Heb. 11:8)  And thus, you.  Because Noah walked with God.

The blessings of walking with God seem so vast.  How can you and I do it?  The way does not fundamentally differ.  By faith!  An old hymn captures our problem:

“I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou

          Shouldst lead me on:

          I loved to choose and see my path; but now

          Lead Thou me on.

          I loved the garish day, and spite of fears,

          Pride ruled my will:  Remember not past years.” (Newman)

God says He requires three things of us:  justice, mercy, and an humble walk with Him. (Micah 6:8)  Is walking with God important?  Absolutely!  And we can do it—only—with faith.

Larry A. Shelley

One Comment
  1. Amen and Amen!!!

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